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Featured on CTV Summer Block Party 2022

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Keep Smiling! - How to Stand out at a Craft Fair Part 4






Share your Creativity! Find your Community!


Craft Shows are an excellent way to share your work with the world - to grow your brand, customer base, get…

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Your Design & Presentation - How to Stand Out and Get Noticed Part 3


Showcase your Products Creatively and at their Best.

Give careful attention to how your stall area looks and how your arts and crafts are presented. Since you are already a creative person, designing your presentation may be an enjoyable challenge. Welcome to Par…

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Your Brand - How to Stand Out and Get Noticed Part 2



love what you do and do what you love

Be True to Yourself and Stand Out as Yourself.

Savvy marketing and clear, creative branding can help our audience understand us and our offerings at first sight.

Welcome to Part 2 of 4 part blog series 'How to…

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How to Get Noticed: Tips to Stand Out at a Craft Fair! (a 4 part series)


Calling all artists, craftspeople, creative-preneurs! Yes you!! 


Whether you’re a woodworker, a photographer, a painter, a jewelry designer, an author, a mobile designer, this post series is for you.


We create for the love of creating. While we …

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Vancouver Island Crafted Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2022

Is it just us or this year you blinked and it's already Mother’s Day? Well, worry not Vancouver Island Market is here with another gift guide to help you get the best gift for celebrating the moms in your life. If you have been to one of our craft markets in Nanaimo, then you already know we hav…

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Vancouver Island Market's Spring Market Giveaways


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Craft Market Check List

Seller Check List

The week before the market can be a bit nerve wrecking especially if you're newer to the craft market scene or it's your first market of the year / in awhile.   Here are some top items must haves.   Comment below some of your must haves!

  • Cashbox | Payment Processin…

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Top 5 things to do at a Spring Craft Market

Indie Craft Fairs 101

As a maker of over a decade with a creative and curious brain, I keep thinking about how we can connect local shoppers who want to support local businesses with small businesses on Vancouver Island.  Vancouver Island is 31,285 square km or almost half the size of Ire…

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Precious Metal Clay is a medium made of fine metals like silver, copper, bronze etc with water, binding agent to sculpt into jewelry and accessories.

PMC Demonstrator | Metalsmith

Ageliki Designs

Ageliki has been making jewelry for over twenty five years. She takes insp…

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Food Trucks + More

Fans Favourites and Island Crafts

Vancouver Island boasts one of the best places to go to visit artisan markets, food trucks and live festivals throughout the year.

With the Spring Season in full swing, we couldn't help but to bring back the experience of creativity, kindness and of course…

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What to Expect at VI Market

Beltane Spring Market 2022


Vancouver Island

is known for one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. We have the rain, sun, beaches, mountains, ocean, lakes, rivers and multitudes of wildlife species. We have one of the most capable communities who can grow their own food, build and make the…

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We’ve been nominated for TWO awards

Business Impact Award & Premier's People's Choice

Vote Here

Not one, TWO awards! Wow! We are feeling so many emotions right now and none of it would have been possible without your continued love and support.


Many of you know me, as Mei, the market maker or the gal running around…

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10 Vancouver Island Made Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine's day is just around the corner and what better way to show your significant other your love and appreciation, than buying a unique hand-crafted gift. Show them you care about them deeply by ditching the generic diamond heart pendant or the teddy bear mug for a Vancouver Island hand-ma…

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Nanaimo Craft Fair Christmas Market on Vancouver Island

Located at the Old Sears Building at Nanaimo North Town Centre,  Vancouver Island Market has held Christmas Craft Markets in 2018, 2019, and 2011 to over 30,000 + attendees per event during the holidays year after year. 

Artisans as far as Ivermere travel from their hometown to come to our…

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We're Bringing "Wall of Kindness" to Vancouver Island

Have you heard about a Wall of Kindness campaign?

It’s a simple and sweet idea that originated in Iran as a response to the harsh US sanctions and the harsh winters in the northeast of the country. 


How did it start?

An anonymous Iranian came up with this ingenious concept to h…

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Decluttering Freedom

Guest Blogpost with Sandy at Jinsei Media

declutter recycle sell trash keep donate

Some Q+A for this Creative Entrepreneur 


1.  Who is Sandy and what is her current passion project?

Who is Sandy? An interesting question since over the last few years I have been working on letting go of identity. Instead of a Food Photo…

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VI Winter Market 2021

Vancouver Island Market 2021: Felt Love at VIM

Vancouver Island Market Nanaimo Gift Shop Girls

You can call it a wild project. 

A self care practice, an intervention for being separated for so long or whatever way you see fit.

This practice of felt-love where we did our best to connect, receive, give back and take back what it means t…

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Social Media used for Spreading Good and Networking

Why Instagram and other social networks

selling through social media


Instagram is a photo and short video sharing social network. It was founded in 2010 by software engineer Michel Krieger and computer programmer and former Google-employee Kevin Systrom. Within just shy of two years of operation, it was sold to Fac…

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Why premium directory listing is beneficial for your small business

Getting Found Online on Vancouver Island


Phone screen of local directory search engine for Vancouver Island Market Nanaimo


How to Find that vendor who was at VIM

We always get messages after the market asking us who was that vendor selling herbal cigarettes or how can I order bespoke trivets from Crafts by Cortney. As much as we love connecting our buyers to…

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